10 August - 15 September 2019

Almagul Menlibayeva will participate in the group show, titled WATER(PROOF), taking place at the MOMENTUM in Berlin.  
The show will feature a wide range of international artists, alongside members of Mathilde ter Heijne’s class for performance and time-based media at UdK, for a global conversation on environmental threats to the future of water. The artworks on display in WATER(PROOF) intend to illustrate how our lifestyles are negatively impacting the planet and aim to raise questions about how to sustainably manage our fresh water resources. 

Astana Art Show

Astana Art Show

2 June - 10 August 2019

Astana Art Show will present three exhibitions: First Contact of young Kazahstani artists, Memories. Dialogues of Memory and an international show Racing the Galaxy.

This event will bring together about 70 artists - stars of world contemporary art from 20 countries. Among the participants of the festival are: Almagul Menlibayeva, Anvar Musrepov, Bakhyt Bubikanova, Gulnur Mukazhanova. The expositions will be held in the Palace of Independence, the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation, in the TSE Art Destination Gallery of Modern Art and in the house of V. Kubrin, several art objects will decorate the urban space of Nur-Sultan city as well.

"Blood and Soil: Dark Arts for Dark Times"

14 June - 18 August 2019

A group show of 22 international artists, titled Blood and Soil: Dark Arts for Dark Times has opened in Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, Lithuania. 

The exhibition follows some threads in contemporary art, such as using painting and performance to tell multi-dimensional stories. It also speaks to the importance of the underworld—the “chthonic”—and darkness as a semi-conscious articulation of lingering trauma, not least in Lithuania: the Second World War with the Holocaust and their aftermath. Rustam Khalfin's Clay Project is presented in this exhibition, curated by Anders Kreuger and Julija Fomina. 


"The Body: Digital Frontiers" exhibition in Moscow

7 June - 4 August 2019

A group show, titled "The Body: Digital Frontiers" has opened in Electromuseum in Moscow. This exhibition, curated by Aristarkh Chernyshev is dedicated to the relationship between the human body and technology. It features Anvar Musrepov's work "Fear of the Future".


REAL DEAL exhibition

REAL DEAL exhibition

29 May - 28 July 2019

REAL DEAL exhibition presents a duet of young Kazakhstani artists Anvar Musrepov and Nazira Karimova and the famous artist from French Guiana Tabita Rezaire.

Despite the obvious geographical and cultural differences, the works of Musrepov, Karimova and Rezare have much in common. Born in the Internet era, they explore the issue of spirituality and identity in the days of digital technology and the development of artificial intelligence, as well as the decolonial question that continues to penetrate and influence many aspects of our lives. This exhibition with the participation of Tabita Rezaire and Anvar Musrepov and Nazira Karimova is the third dialogue exhibition between Central Asian and foreign artists of non-Western origin, organised by Aspan Gallery.

REAL DEAL exhibition will be held in the EXPO, Villa Boutiques & Restaurants complex (Al-Farabi, 140a) from 29 May to 28 July 2019.

Nurbol Nurakhmet solo show

Nurbol Nurakhmet solo show "Split"

3 April - 12 May 2019

Aspan Gallery will present a solo show of young Kazakhstani artist Nurbol Nurakhmet. Nurbol Nurakhmet is one of the most prominent representatives of the young generation of Kazakhstani artists. Split exhibition, curated by Yulia Sorokina, will consist of several series made in different techniques - painting, drawing and collage. For the first time, Nurakhmet will present autolithography to the audience, an almost forgotten technique, thanks to which Kazakhstani artists became famous during Soviet times.

The Split exhibition will be held in the EXPO hall of the Villa Boutiques & Restaurants complex (Al-Farabi, 140a) from 3 April to 12 May 2019.

"Beyond Fragmentation" exhibition in New York

11 January - 28 February 2019

Beyond Fragmentation: Contemporary Collage from Central Asia is an exhibition of Central Asian contemporary artists, organised by Aspan Gallery in collaboration with Sapar Contemporary gallery in New York. 

Beyond Fragmentation exhibition follows "All the World's Collage!" shown at Aspan Gallery in 2018. Among the participants Vyacheslav Akhunov, Alexander Ugay, Bakhyt Bubikanova, Yelena and Viktor Vorobyev and Saule Dyussenbina. 


"Bad Jokes" in Astana

16 February - 7 March 2019

ARTMEKEN and Platforma gallery with a support of Soros Foundation and UN Office for Human Rights in Central Asia are organising an exhibition, titled Bad Jokes, dedicated to 70th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

Works by Yerbossyn Meldibekov, Yelena and Viktor Vorobyev, Bakhyt Bubikanova and Nurbol Nurakhmet are shown at the exhibition, curated by Valeria Ibraeva. 

Videoart at Midnight Festival '18

Videoart at Midnight Festival '18

14 December -16 December 2018

Videoart at Midnight Festival celebrates 10 years and shows video art of 100 artists, in collaboration with the institutions of the Berlin art scene. This unique, collaborative festival of artist moving-image will testify to the international significance of Berlin as creative hub for artists working with film and video. Almagul Menlibayeva's short film, Gathered in Moscow will be shown at the Festival, among other films.



"Bad Jokes"

6 December - 26 December 2018

ARTMEKEN Gallery with a support of Soros Foundation and UN Office for Human Rights in Central Asia are organising an exhibition, dedicated to 70th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Works by Yerbossyn Meldibekov, Yelena and Viktor Vorobyev, Bakhyt Bubikanova and Nurbol Nurakhmet will be shown at the exhibition, titled Bad Jokes, curated by Valeria Ibraeva. 


Eurasian Utopia: Post Scriptum

Eurasian Utopia: Post Scriptum

27 November 2018 - 3 March 2019

The last exhibition, as part of the Focus Kazakhstan initiative, titled "Eurasian Utopia: Post Scriptumis intended to acquaint the South Korean audience with the artists of Kazakhstan. Surveying the work of nearly 30 Kazakh artists from the 20th and 21st centuries, the collaborative group show aims to highlight a ‘local modernity’, a modernism fueled by international, oftentimes unwanted, ideologies and strong ties to traditional, historically repressed, Kazakhstani culture. In this vein, the exhibition closely follows the theories of Rustam Khalfin – considered to be one of the fathers of contemporary art in the region – and his artistic adaptation of the “glocal”. Works of Yerbossyn Meldibekov, Said Atabekov, Yelena and Victor Vorobyev, Alexander Ugay, Bakhyt Bubikanova and Nurbol Nurakhmet among others are shown in this exhibition. 

Exhibition is curated by Yuliya Sorokina and Eun Young Shin and takes place at the Suwon IPARK Museum of Art in South Korea. 


All the World's a Collage!

All the World's a Collage!

1 November - 2 December 2018

Aspan Gallery presents a new group show dedicated to the art of collage: All the World’s a Collage! 

Collage became one of the main artforms of the Cubists, Dadaists and Pop artists. It also plays an integral part in Central Asian contemporary art. Even though the traditional collage of Picasso and Braque has not lost its relevance, in the 21st century collage has diversified and expanded, with contemporary 'collage' assuming various forms. This exhibition features six artists from Central Asia, including Vyacheslav Akhunov, Bakhyt Bubikanova, Yelena and Viktor Vorobyevy, Alexander Ugay, Saule Dyussenbina and Gulnur Mukazhanova,  all of whom make active use of collage in different ways and with different goals.

The show All the World's a Collage! will be held at EXPO Villa, Villa Boutiques & Restaurants (Al-Farabi 140 A) from 1 November to 2 December 2018.

"At the Corner: City, Place, People"

14 September - 4 November 2018

The exhibition project Beginning, held at the former Tselinny cinema theatre is to be the first event acquainting visitors with the new Center of Contemporary Culture, whose opening is planned for 2020. The three parts of the project – architectural, artistic and cinematic – are closely related to the history of the building and the architectural context of the city.

One part of the project, entitled At the Corner: City, Place, People, is to be held in the space of the former nightclub which was built into the Tselinny building in the early 2000s, and is devoted to the contemporary art of Central Asia. The exhibition, created by Aspan Gallery founder Meruyert Kaliyeva, brings together contemporary artists of different generations and presents both works already known to the public and specially created site-specific projects that interact with the cinema space and explore the “urban fabric” of Almaty. Among the participants Yerbossyn Meldibekov, Yelena and Viktor Vorobyev, Rustam Khalfin, Alexander Ugay, Bakhyt Bubikanova and Nurbol Nurakhmet.


Phantom Stories: Leitmotifs of Post-Soviet Asia

Phantom Stories: Leitmotifs of Post-Soviet Asia

8 September - 4 November 2018

A group show of Central Asian contemporary artists, titled Phantom Stories: Leitmotifs of Post-Soviet Asia opens at the Lunds konsthall, Sweden. 

Phantom Stories: Leitmotifs of Post-Soviet Asia sketches a portrait of a region that keeps getting entangled in the "Great Game" between powerful others but is also often overlooked. Yet what the exhibition is really "about"- its leitmotif, in other words- is the elusive but decisive role of artistic agency for our understanding of the world in its obscurity and clarity. The show will feature Yelena and Viktor Vorobyev's Phantom Story and Alexander Ugay's Obscurations, curated by Yuliya Sorokina and Anders Kreuger. 


Focus Kazakhstan

Focus Kazakhstan

18 September 2018 - 3 March 2019

For the first time in the country’s history, Focus Kazakhstan offers an overview of modern and contemporary art of Kazakhstan on an international stage. Taking place from September 2018 to March 2019, Focus Kazakhstan comprises a four-part exhibition programmed in the four cities of London (UK), Berlin (Germany), Suwon (South Korea) and Jersey City (US) alongside a two-part artist residency programme in Berlin providing opportunities for young artists from Kazakhstan. 

Works by Yerbossyn Meldibekov, Alexander Ugay and Rustam Khalfin will be shown at Post Nomadic Mind exhibition in London, and at the The Eurasian Utopia: Post Scriptum exhibition in Suwon. Yelena Vorobyeva and Almagul Menlibayeva will participate in Bread and Roses female exhibition in Berlin. 



ARTBAT FEST'9 - "The Water stream"

24 August - 30 September 2018

The topic for this year's public art project is "The Water Stream". Its curators are French architect Simon Jacquemin and Slovenian artist Martin Brikel Baraga. They are sure that the water for Almaty is of particular importance and has its own infrastucture. That’s exactly why all of the installations that the people in Almaty will see will have at least some kind of connection to water whilst some of them will even be powered by it. The work, which Yelena and Victor Vorobyev will present at the ARTBAT FEST'9, is called "Duck". This video and photo-installation, which tells about the "adventures" of a small toy in an urban environment. As a "material" artists use time and water in various of its aggregate states.


 Yelena and Viktor Vorobyev in Viktor Misiano’s project 'THE HUMAN CONDITION'

Yelena and Viktor Vorobyev in Viktor Misiano’s project 'THE HUMAN CONDITION'

20 June - 19 July 2018

Yelena and Viktor Vorobyevs are participating in the fourth session, titled In Search of a Place as part of the multidisciplinary project THE HUMAN CONDITION. This project is dedicated to a comprehensive study of the role and the place of human in the beginning of the third millennium. Exhibition features Yelena and Viktor Vorobyev's installation Bazaar. The project is jointly held by the NCCA, MMOMA and the Jewish Museum in Moscow. 


Erbossyn Meldibekov among the finalists of Signature Art Prize 2018 in Singapore

Erbossyn Meldibekov among the finalists of Signature Art Prize 2018 in Singapore

25 May - 2 September

Signature Art Prize returns for its fourth edition in 2018. Recognising outstanding examples of contemporary art from both emerging and established artists, the prize puts the spotlight on the most compelling, cogent and complex works of art from the Asia-Pacific rim to the region of Central Asia.

Yerbossyn Meldibekov’s Brand comprise a series of leather panels crafted from the branded hide of the grunting ox, a species native to the highlands of Central Asia. Juxtaposing the use of natural materials from the region against the iconography of numeric symbols, the work also bears darker connotations, such as to similar atrocities committed during the second World War.


Imago Mundi - Art Theorema #1

Imago Mundi - Art Theorema #1

3 August - 2 September 2018

Works by Vyacheslav Akhunov, Yelena and Viktor Vorobyevs, Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djumaliev are presented in the new Imago Mundi collection Art Theorema #1, within the frame of the exhibition Join the Dots, taking place in Salone Degli Incanti in Trieste, Italy. Art Theorema #1 is a playful metaphor for a manifesto to diversity: 231 artworks by 203 artists coming from 104 countries. From Eastern to Western Europe, from African countries to Australia, from Canada to the USA, from Latin America to the Caribbean, from Central Asia to the Middle and Far East, the collection moves along a kind of "walk of fame", a silk road featuring some of the most internationally acclaimed artists, alongside emerging artists equally innovative. 


"Shop It!" at Haifa Museum of Art

4 August 2018 - 20 January 2019

Almagul Menlibayeva is taking part in the group show Dress Code, as part of exhibition's cluster "Shop It!" at Haifa Museum Of Art. The different exhibitions focus on the artists' subversion of "consensual" ideas and practices familiar in the context of economic globalization. The cluster examines the options still available for artists to realize their subversive impulse, such as turning the weapons of the capitalist enemy against it: advertisements, spectacle, replication, reproduction, viral dissemination via the internet and more. Dress Code is curated by Limor Alpern Zered.